Cravings (and other quirks of being with child)

At 31 weeks, the most frequent question I get these days is whether I’ve had any weird cravings. Thankfully, the weirdest one to date has been jello with whipped cream (and lots of tropical fruit/smoothies). Which is a totally normal thing. I’ve somehow managed to escape developing a taste for more exotic flavors such as pickles with ice cream. Or dirt. Thank God.

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Surprised by (b)oy

Confession: I’m way too impatient a person to have been able to do the typical gender reveal where the parents find out the baby’s sex on the day of the reveal. Not that this could possibly deter us from celebrating this milestone with our families! I felt like getting in touch with my crafty side,…

(More) Things Middle Schoolers Say

First off, Miss Vanilla has made a comeback. Weird Boy has gone off to high school and I haven’t seen him since, and still Peanut Butter (his friends’ nickname for him, not mine) managed to come up with this one on his own. Also like Weird Boy, he thinks I’m older than 40.

Forget about nice. Be kind.

Death is always tragic; the feeling of tragedy intensified when they were too young, when it was so sudden, when they took their own life. It’s all wrong. But something like a shockwave ran through me this time. Maybe it’s different when it happens to someone you knew.

Intergalactic Space Creatures

But she also knows how to laugh at herself – that’s probably the most attractive quality about her, and the most empowering thing she taught me how to do.

Things Middle Schoolers Say

In a totally non-creepy way, one of my favorite pastimes is people-watching. I just love how words, and expressions, and experiences make each person awesomely unique. And if you have the distinct privilege bad luck of knowing me, something you’ve said has probably been immortalized forever and ever in my Notes app. These days, my phone is…

That one time I got a job…

I hardly remembered applying for the job when I got a call asking me to come in for an interview. I blew it. I was nervous and totally blanked on one of the questions. My family has a saying, though – lo que es para ti, nadie te lo quita. What’s meant for you, no one can take away. By…

How old is not young anymore?

During my “Funemployment” phase – which I promise I won’t ever bring up again – I was deep in the throes of a quarter-life crisis (like a good Millennial). Between wondering, “What next?” and questioning my purpose in life, I had a great “aha!” moment. I realized that part of “adulting” is knowing that I don’t know everything. I…

A very fine place to start…

I have to admit, I feel like I’m always winging it when I blog…which is ironic since being unprepared for anything drives me batty. I’m the kind of person that sometimes reads the last chapter first, just to be prepared. I like lists, and outlines, and oxford commas, and knowing what to expect. It’s the J in…

Auld Lang Syne

It wasn’t a year I’d love to repeat to a T, I’ll admit…But I learned that for every hardship, there’s more than a silver lining – there’s grace.

Right here.

I am worth just as much from my tiny corner of California as I am exploring a Hobbit hole in New Zealand.